The CBS Radio Mystery indeed heralded the revival of the Golden Age of Radio.
With the fine actor E. G. Marshall as the host, the series brought
back those great days of mystery, suspense, drama and a touch of history. At
first it aired daily, a monumental task when you consider this. But after some
six years it went to five times a week. Mr. Marshall hosted the series
until its final year when Tammy Grimes took over the chore on Feb 1, 1982.
For the most part long-time radio personalities were heard with a smattering
of TV and movie actors doing their part. Almost all of the story lines were
newly written and produced, but there were some adaptions based on novels by
Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, O.
Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne to name a few. The end of the series came quite
quickly in early December 1982 with re-runs filling in the balance of the
February 20, 2008
I didn't grow up listening to this show (as so many others seem to have done) and I find it difficult to listen to many episodes of it because of the low quality recordings, presumably made with a bedside cassette recorder.
But these episodes are a great leap forward. You can actually listen to these without the constant distraction of thinking "What was that?" or "What did she say?"
Thanks for putting these up for our listening pleasure.